My Attempt to Tone Up

29 Jul 2012

If you have been following me on Twitter you will know that I have recently started the 30 Day Shred. I go on holiday in just over 4 weeks and I am hoping to tone up and have heard this is a great way to do it. I purchased the DVD from for just £4.99 and the weights from for £14.99. When I first got the DVD I was unsure what size weights I would need and couldn't really find an answer online, so I thought buying a mixture means I can increase throughout the 30 days. I also use a pillow on the floor, otherwise it can be quite uncomfortable!

If you haven't heard of the 30 Day Shred before, Jillian Michaels from The Biggest Loser takes you through 3 20 minute levels which are designed to burn calories and build muscle. Throughout the 20 minutes there is a 3 2 1 minute interval system, thats 3 minutes of strength, 2 minutes of cardio and 1 minutes of abs. I have decided to advance to the next level every 10 days of workout and as I am currently only on day 7 I can only comment on level 1, which is tough to say the least. Coming from someone who has not worked out in a while, it is not impossible. You do have to push yourself but I found Jillian to motivate you well and I have yet to give up. A small word of warning, you do work up a huge sweat in this workout!!

I can already feel a difference in my stamina and I find myself looking forward to doing the workout each day. At the start of the 30 days I weighed myself and measured my waist, thighs, arms and calves in order to see how many inches I have lost (hopefully!). I find this motivates me hugely as I look forward to measuring myself to find out if any cm's have been shredded yet!

I shall do an update at the end of the 30 days with the results :) and more comments on levels and 3.

Have you done the 30 Day Shred? What do you do to tone up?

Love Carissa XXX

My Photo Ready Face

23 Jul 2012

Firstly, summer has arrived (in the UK that is)!! Isn't it gorgeous today? I decided to blog from outside for once and its so nice to be sitting in the sun writing about what I enjoy the most. This is my current view and there is barely a cloud in the sky.

Recently I was a bridesmaid for my brothers wedding which meant there would be many a photo taken. As I am sure many of you are aware of, if you wear SPF on your face and have your photo taken it is quite likely you will appear ghostly white. The reason for this is that the SPF reflects the flash making you appear very pale.

After looking around, it appears that not many high end brands sell foundation without SPF, after all you should be wearing SPF on your face everyday. However for those special occasions it is necessary to go with out. I decided to try out some drug store brands and I found a great match. Rimmels Lasting Finish 25 hour foundation (£6.99) in True Nude not only lasts ALL day but it does not contain SPF. I decided to choose a colour slightly darker than my natural skin colour as my skin does tan during the summer, however as you can see from the swatches this colour blends like a dream. It seems that whether I have a tan or not, this colour blends in with my skin - always a bonus! I decided to mix this foundation with MAC's strobe liquid lotion as it is quite heavy for the summer, producing a lovely dewy finish.

As you can see in the photos, there are no ghastly white faces and I can confirm it lasted the whole day for around 14 hours. I know it does say it would last 25 hours, but in all honesty who wears their foundation for that long?! After many tears it was also still in place so I have to say Rimmel, I am very impressed!

What are your tips for a photo ready face?

Hope you are all enjoying the sun,

Love Carissa XXX

Sharing the Love #2

18 Jul 2012

My previous post proved popular, so here it is again - 3 blogs that I have been loving at the moment.

Outside Beauty, Inside Health
Firstly, I have to mention how Cat has been nominated for this years Cosmopolitan and Next’s Best Newcomer Blog Award! This is such an amazing achievement in itself, so if you would like to vote for Cat then vote HERE. I have been a follower of Cat for quite a long time now and find her such an inspiration (check out her Friday Fitness posts), she is such a beautiful girl, both inside and out and honestly seems like one of the nicest girls <3 I am also very envious of her flawless skin!

Couture Girl

It is quite likely you have heard of this blog before, after all it has gained followers at the speed of light! I absolutely love reading each and every blog post she produces, generally providing a good honest review. She is also such a beautiful girl, you can't help but stare at the photos posted! She recently moved to Australia which I am extremley jealous of, but I love that she has kept us up to date with her new life there <3 You won't regret checking her blog out!

Hello October

Suzie posts some amazing pictures, of both beauty products and herself, that I find myself staring at - she has a great eye for photos. I remember when I first found her blog, I spent a few hours reading through her blog and looking at all the photos. I always look forward to her next blog post, each and every one being interesting and informative!

I hope this post has introduced some of you to some great new blogs, let me know if it has!

Love Carissa XXX


Competition Time

16 Jul 2012

Hello my lovelies,

Just a short post - if you do not follow me on twitter you may not be aware that I am going to hold a competition when I hit 100 posts (this is my 92nd), so I would love to have some ideas as to what you would like to win!!

I am thinking something beauty/skin care related as that is what my blog is mostly about, so let me know what YOU would like to win! After all, I want to get you guys something you would like as a little thank you for being so so great.

Love Carissa XXX
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First NARS purchase - Albatross

8 Jul 2012

NARS Albatross Highlighter - £21

I was recently on the hunt for a new hightlighter - specifically a powder one as all of mine are cream/liquid - and it was between NARS Albatross and MAC Soft and Gentle. After some research online I opted for Albatross and so off I went to purchase it.

As you can see, it looks just like a white eyeshadow, nothing special, however the surprise is when you come to swatch it and you are presented with a lovely golden sheen. It blends in really easily even though it is highly pigmented and has long lasting power - I was highly impressed. I like to apply this to my cheekbones, down the center of my nose and on my brow bones leaving me with glowing skin. I would only use this with matt blush otherwise it may end up looking a bit over the top. I imagine this would suit most skin tones, as I have seen it on both light and dark and it just looks beautiful.

As with all NARS packaging, it is a bit of a bugger to keep clean, but this can't be helped. It does have quite a high price tag, however I feel its worth every penny and I can see it lasting a long time. This has definitely been my go to highlighter for the past couple of weeks, and I will definitey be repurchasing when it eventually runs out!

Have you tried Albatross? What is your favourite highlight?

Love Carissa XXX

New Years Resolution Update

4 Jul 2012

Hey lovelies!

I just want to apologise for my lack of posts recently, things have been quite hectic! Since we are now half way through the year I thought I would post a little update on two posts I made in the new year - New Years Resolutions and What I want to Achieve in 2012. Firstly, my new years resolutions.

Try not to worry so much - I have always worried too easily and I don't think it is something you can just switch off and therefore I would say I have semi stuck to this. I am getting a lot better and tend not to worry about silly things, however I do still worry way too easily. Anyone have any tips on how to stop worrying?

Save at least 25% of any source of income - I am proud to say I have stuck to this and now have a nice amount of money saved up :) Weirdly I quite enjoy transferring the money to my savings account and seeing it increase each month - definitely a great feeling! If you transfer the money as soon as you are paid you don't really notice it has gone.

Read more books - Again, I have stuck to this also! Now that I am working in London I always read on my way to and from work, which has given me so much more time to read. I also have a Kindle now, which has definitely encouraged me to read alot more. Give me your book recommendations as I have just finished a book :)

Stop biting my nails - A big fat F for this resolution. I started off well and proved that I could do this, however I often bite my nails without realising/when I am bored so this proved to be difficult. I have to say though, I am not too bad as my nails always have a nice little tip, I would never bite them down really low.

So overall I think I am doing OK - however, I could be doing better!

How are all your new years resolutions going?

Love Carissa XXX
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